A group of Gwent Police officers who help to look after elderly people in Abergavenny have received national recognition for their work. The Abergavenny Senior Citizen Liaison Team (SCLT) and colleagues from Avon and Somerset were named runners-up in the ‘Operation Excellence’ category at the Civil Service Awards last month.
The awards ceremony was held in Lancaster House, London, and was followed by a reception at the Institute of Directors facility in Pall Mall. The ceremony was attended by a number of government ministers and the special guest was the Prime Minister David Cameron. Sergeant Tony Patey, who leads Monmouthshire SCLT, said:
“Attending this ceremony was been a great honour and quite a special occasion for the team. It was a privilege to meet some of the other nominees and to hear of the amazing work that has been achieved by our fellow civil servants. Meeting the Prime Minister was unexpected, but a great surprise and we will now continue to forge ahead and deliver the services that have got us to this ceremony.”
The SCLT consists of four officers, who are all based at Abergavenny Police Station. The officers are part of the Neighbourhood Policing Team but have created the SCLT with the aim of reducing the fear of crime within the older adult community by promoting social awareness and crime prevention. They visit local gatherings and neighbourhood clubs where older adults meet and offer advice on local crime trends. They also provide a newsletter and give presentations on topics such as rogue traders and distraction thefts. In addition to visiting groups and coffee mornings, the officers also visit older victims of crime and senior citizens living alone in the community.
For more information on the Monmouthshire Senior Citizens Liaison Team, please call 01495 233917 or send an email to;